European election exit polls across EU: Far-right gains in Germany and France

Conservatives, socialists and liberals to retain majority in EU parliament

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The European People's Party is projected to win the 2024 EU elections with 186 seats

Despite the rise of far-right parties across the Union, the conservatives, socialists and liberals would retain their majority.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the National Assembly and called legislative elections for June 30 and July 7 after projections suggested a strong result for the far-right National Rally.

Marine Le Pen's party is expected to win around 31-32% of the vote, more than double Macron's Renaissance party, which is projected to win around 15%.

Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Barcelona in 2023
Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Barcelona in 2023 / Jordi Borràs

In Germany, exit polls predict that the conservative alliance of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union will win the election with 29.5% of the vote and 30 of the 96 seats. 

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is projected to come in second with 18 seats, beating Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party (SPD). 

In Austria, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) is expected to come out on top with 27% of the vote, winning the country for the first time. 

In the Netherlands, where all polls predicted a victory for the far right, exit polls estimated that the Progressive Alliance would win the elections with 8 seats, ahead of the far right with 6 seats. 

In Greece, the conservative New Democracy would come out on top with 8 seats, doubling the left-wing Syriza's 4 seats. 

In Cyprus, the conservatives would win, but by a narrow margin over the left-wing parties. Conservatives would also win in Bulgaria, with 26% of the vote, and in Croatia, where the Croatian Democratic Union would win with 33.7% of the vote.